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Dick Ankiel

Postby StlSluggers » Wed Apr 01, 2009 10:27 am wrote:About to turn 30 this year, planning to start a family, and on the brink of free agency's windfall, Ankiel sees contentment where others see quiet. There is only one thing he's thinking about changing.

His name.

Ankiel has been preoccupied recently about when it is age appropriate for him to shorten his given name, Richard, to "Dick" instead of "Rick." Some friends and clubhouse denizens have already taken to calling him "Dick" this spring. He calls it an instant "ice-breaker."

That Dick Ankiel, always redefining himself.

Call him Rick. Call him Dick.

Call him a Cardinal.

This season, he would prefer to be called complete.

"I would like to be the total package as a player," he said. "I don't think I would like to label myself as just a power guy. When I come to the park, I think of myself as the guy who can do it all. That's what I would like to be considered as a hitter."

Did Dick say he wants to be the total package? :-D
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